UWE supports Walk for Diabetes 2005

Issue date: 09 September 2005


Issue date: 09/09/05

The University of the West of England is supporting the ‘Walk to cure Diabetes 2005’ on Sunday 11 September at Ashton Court.

Staff from UWE’s House Services will supply over 750 breakfasts, lunches and mineral water. Trainers from UWE’s Recreation Centre will manage the warm up exercises before the walk begins at 11am. The Bristol School of Art, Media and Design buildings will be used to manage registration and toilet facilities will be open to the walk participants. The University will also erect two marquees and provide security and cleaning services during and after the event.

Will Whitefield from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation said, “Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's (JDRF) mission is to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications through the support of research. The University of the West of England's (UWE) support of JDRF's Walk to Cure Diabetes here in the South West has been invaluable. Not only has the University allowed us to use their site but the UWE staff have helped to organise the logistics of the event and are even lacing up their walking boots to do the 5 mile sponsored walk! Thanks to UWE, we will be another step closer to finding a cure for this devastating condition that strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life and carries the constant threat of serious complications.”

Jo Bailey who manages conferences for House Services at UWE has offered her organising talents to bring everything together on the operational side. She said, “The University has a commitment to helping out in the community and this seemed to be a great event to support as we have all the resources needed by the charity to help make the event happen. This is the second year that UWE has supported the ‘Walk to cure Diabetes’.

Any one interested in sponsoring or offering a donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation can contact the office at 32-34 Hotwell Road, Hotwells, Bristol, BS8 4UD. Cheques need to be made payable to "Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation" or "JDRF".

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